Boxer Anthony Joshua ‘beaten hands down’ for the second time in a bout

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Anthony Joshua has just lost a classy bout with Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to put a huge dent in his hopes of an all-British showdown with Tyson Fury.

Both men sustained damage, although neither went down, and AJ could not find the knockout in the later rounds to tip the scales in his favour. 

However, after Usyk made a strong start and Joshua battled back into the contest, it was Usyk who came on strong in the final rounds. 

Joshua upped the aggression as it became apparent that his Ukrainian opponent was ahead on the scorecards, although the 34-year-old remained elusive until the final bell. 

Joshua sustained the second loss of his professional career, just over two years after his first came against Andy Ruiz Jr. 

Defeat to Usyk was not as much of a shock, although the Brit was heavily favoured by bookmakers heading into the fight. 


AJ came into the contest as the much bigger man, carrying an advantage of more than a stone in weight and three inches in height. 

However, what Usyk lacked in size and raw power he made up for in technical ability, and Joshua could not quite fight the answer to hurt his opponent with great regularity. 

Thankfully for Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn, a rematch clause was part of the fight contract in the eventuality that Usyk ran out victorious. 

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